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FXUS63 KEAX 181936

National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
236 PM CDT Thu May 18 2017

Issued at 232 PM CDT THU MAY 18 2017

A rather active weather pattern will commence this evening through
the early weekend, with all modes of severe weather hazards and
flash flooding potential possible.

A large, upper-level low positioned over the Rockies will continue
to deepen as a jet max surges southeastward overhead the
southwestern CONUS. The upper-level system will reach its peak
intensity late Friday, and will be the focus for a multi-day
significant weather event beginning this evening through early
Saturday morning. In the near term, leeside low pressure has
formed over the Texas Panhandle with convection already firing on
the dryline as of Thursday afternoon. This feature will be slow to
propagate in the short term as the upper low matures. Locally
speaking, a warm front extending northeast from this surface
feature has stalled near the I-70 corridor. Weak surface
convergence along this boundary and a 5 to 10 degree dew point
gradient may be sufficient to allow for late afternoon/early
evening thunderstorms to develop near the KC metro. Should storms
develop, a favorable environment could support strong to severe
storms within the vicinity of the stalled front. The main hazard
would reside with strong winds and large hail within any rotating
thunderstorms, including a possible isolated tornado near the warm

The greater certainty is with the setup this evening as energy
ejecting out of the upper low advects overhead the warm front this
evening. Expecting to see convection initiate across eastern Kansas
and western Missouri in the 7 to 8 pm time frame. This will then
push northeastward at a steady pace through the early evening hours.
With the first round of activity, 60 to 65 mph winds are possible
across eastern Kansas and western Missouri, in addition to hail up
to one inch. With ample shear and low-level turning expected near
the warm front, cannot rule out an isolated tornado over eastern
Kansas or western Missouri. This activity will likely taper off
by the late evening before the next round of storms which develop
upstream advect their way into the area overnight. The second
round of activity should remain sub-severe within a worked over
environment, though strong wind gusts remain possible during this
time heading into early Friday morning.

Will see a brief break in the activity Friday morning before the
next round of potential severe weather returns by Friday afternoon.
The warm front will slowly lift northward to Highway 36, bringing the
severe weather threat to northern Missouri, in addition to the
remaining CWA south of the frontal boundary. Friday night may be the
greatest period of concern as the Pacific cold front intersects the
slow moving warm front. This would pose the potential for a few
tornadoes near the warm front, in addition to strong to damaging
winds along the cold front Friday night. The other primary hazard is
with the setup for heavy rainfall through the duration of the
overnight period. This, coupled with rainfall from Thursday night
will lead to rainfall totals between 2 to 3 inches across eastern
Kansas and western Missouri, with locally higher amounts possible.
Have thus issued a Flash Flood Watch from eastern Kansas to
central Missouri through Saturday morning. Will also need to
monitor rising river levels through the early to late weekend.

The pattern will then subside briefly by the latter half of the
weekend before the active pattern resumes early next week.
Additionally, surface temperatures will return to seasonal to just
below seasonal throughout much of next week.


.Aviation...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday Afternoon)
Issued at 1225 PM CDT THU MAY 18 2017

VFR to MVFR cloud cover will steadily build over the terminals
through the afternoon and evening. While afternoon convection is
possible along a warm front across western Missouri, widespread
storms should hold off until just after sunset. This will come in
two rounds, with the second round persisting through the duration
of the overnight. Low level wind shear is also possible as 2kft
winds approach 35 to 40 kts overnight, though increased surface
winds should at least partially mitigate this potential. Storms
will then exit the terminals Friday morning before the next round
of activity develops by Friday afternoon.


KS...Flash Flood Watch from 1 AM CDT Friday through Saturday morning
     for KSZ025-057-060-102>105.

MO...Flash Flood Watch from 1 AM CDT Friday through Saturday morning
     for MOZ011>014-020>023-028>031-037>039-043>045-053-054.



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